Weekly business rail, with tips on shopping for a new TV or camera, BBB warning about Haiti charity scams and more.
Tip of the Week
Here are some tips that can help you make a well-informed decision when purchasing a new camera or TV:
- Know the ABCs: The many acronyms that get tacked on to cameras and TVs to describe their characteristics and capabilities can make your head spin. However, it really is important that you understand what you are buying so you can make sure to get exactly what you need.
- Harness the power of the Web: One of the best resources for consumer electronics information is the Internet. It's most people's go-to research tool these days, and there are some great sites devoted to specific brands and models of TVs and cameras, along with consumer reviews to give you more peace of mind. Sears recently launched TVMatchMaker.com and CameraMatchmaker.com to help consumers. You simply answer a few quick questions about where and how you'll use a new camera or TV, and it does the matchmaking for you, providing the three top choices for your exact needs.
A major security software company, Symantec Corp., said it spotted a suspicious e-mail with the subject line "Make Your Donations Now," claiming to be from the British Red Cross Society. The e-mail, which has several spelling errors, asks for donations on behalf of Haiti. It also asks people to wire the money through a Western Union money transfer. The British Red Cross Society has confirmed that they never sent out such an e-mail.
“As we've seen before, scammers are quick to target potential donors during a crisis or natural disaster," said Steve J. Bernas of the Better Business Bureau. "The loss is not just your money, but releasing your personal information makes you vulnerable to identity theft as well."
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has compiled a list of charities that are seeking to provide assistance in response to the earthquake in Haiti and meet BBB Standards for Charity Accountability at www.bbb.org/us/haiti.
According to Forbes.com, here are the most expensive ZIP codes in the U.S.:
10: 07926 (Brookside, N.J.)
9: 10065 (New York City)
8: 94024 (Los Altos Hills, Calif.)
7: 93108 (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
6: 92067 (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
5: 90210 (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
4: 91008 (Duarte, Calif.)
3: 10014 (New York City)
2: 94027 (Atherton, Calif.)
1: 07620 (Alpine, N.J.)
Number to Know
$14 million: Amount of back taxes actor Nicolas Cage still owes the IRS, according to People. Cage pledged to pay all that he owes and blamed his financial problems on a bad adviser.
GateHouse News Service